The information below is based on very closely reviewing materials provided by the Norfolk District Attorney's office. Exhibit Videos 1, 2 and 3 were watched many times in slow motion. We have requested the video surveillance from Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston), but to this day we have not been given any video footage before 9:20AM on Feb 7th, 2020. Why is that?
At 9:21 AM, Juston closes the door to his light grey Chevy Volt that is in the middle of the street in front of 60 Fenwood Road, which is sandwiched between 2 Massachusetts Mental Health Centers on the campus of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston. He is in the area to meet his therapist from Massachusetts Mental Health which is at 75 Fenwood Road, one building over from 60 Fenwood Road. Juston had been a patient there since it opened over 8 years ago and visited that area 2-3 times weekly.
Juston can then be seen on video communicating something to a police officer, we’ll refer to him as police officer A, in a marked police car headed up Vining Street toward BWH’s main entrance. A second police car shows up and Juston directs him up to the main entrance area with hand gestures.
Juston starts to run up the street toward the BWH’s main entrance.
Police Officer A’s marked cruiser arrives on scene 1 minute later at 9:22AM, having doubled around the block and come to a stop near the base of Vining Street at the corner of Fenwood Road. He parks next to Juston's car.
Juston is coming down the Vining St hill now, and putting his sizable clear plastic paintball gun back in the front of his pants - it's so large it juts out of his pants. He encounters Police Officer A coming around the corner with his gun drawn. Juston, who is wearing a lanyard and law enforcement badges, starts yells to the officer, “I’m law enforcement, I’m law enforcement”. Officer A goes right up to Juston (3 feet), and points his gun directly at Juston. Juston then pulls his long clear plastic paintball gun from his pants and holds it pointed in the direction of the police officer, at this point the officer commences shooting. Stepping backwards, the officer trips and falls down. Meanwhile, a second officer has begun firing at Juston, as well. This officer was surprised to see him limp to his car.
Juston drives away at 9:24AM injured from being shot- driving "slow as molasses" as stated by one of the officers that responded. This begins a police chase that follows him down Huntington avenue and onto route 9 headed west. Early on in the chase, one pursuing officer PIT maneuvers Juston’s car, bashing into him on the driver’s side to cause his car to spin sideways and come to a complete stop. After a brief moment, Juston’s car accelerates- we believe he was afraid for his life.
Then ensues a high-speed chase towards Chestnut Hill. Three miles further on, as Juston approaches the Hammond Street intersection, his car crashes. His Chevy Volt, bashed-up with wheels missing, came to a screeching stop next to a small landscaped triangle. This is just beyond a corner CVS store and in front of Star Market’s parking lot.
Juston exits his car at about 9:28.48AM and staggers to the sidewalk, he falls on the pavement leaving blood on the sidewalk. He then manages to get himself up again and staggers forward onto the mulch area near a tree where falls flat onto the ground. About this time a former EMT who happened to be in the parking lot at that time, runs to Juston to give him aid.
According to the witness interview report of this former EMT, she said he was covered in blood The Ambulance report estimated 2000 ccs of blood loss prior to exiting the vehicle after the crash. He was in a semi-comatose state. The former EMT described that Juston was “lights out, no one home”. She thought he was having a heart attack. While her hand was on Juston's shoulder, multiple police cruisers arrive. Police officers exit their vehicles, all with guns drawn, running towards her yelling for her to get away. She then runs away from Juston.
After the former EMT woman runs away, the first officer on the scene uses his foot to kick Juston over onto his side. We wonder: If he could do that, why couldn’t he easily take Juston into custody at that point? Yet, even as Juston never displays a weapon of any kind at this time or at any time in Chestnut Hill, Five Boston officers and one State Police officer opened fire on him at very close range. They fired 31 bullets within 3.5 seconds, twenty-six of them hit their mark.
By 9:29:48AM the shooting starts, ends 3 seconds later-Juston Root had been shot dead. 9 minutes from the time he shut his door in the middle of the road at 60 Fenwood at 9:21AM.
No film of the actual shooting has been made available owing to the claim that only one officer had a bodycam on and filming, and because the arm of that officer obstructed the lens from capturing the scene at the moments when they fired the 31 bullets.
Juston died laying on his right side, officers approached him and yanked his jacket to roll him from his side onto his stomach. At this point it looks to be a bb gun is removed from Juston, it was black with a metal rod coming out of it. They claim it was under him. However, when he was rolled over there was nothing there. We do not know just where it was found as reports conflict. The State Police officer involved in the shooting immediately removed it. He walked towards the sidewalk with it and moments later tossed it, seemingly at random, onto another area of the mulch. Even according to the testimony of the officers who did the shooting, none ever saw Juston display or hold a weapon in his hand, whether just before the shooting or at any other point at the Chestnut Hill scene. Two clear plastic paintball guns were found in his car, one of which was broken in half.
Juston’s dead body was transported to Beth Israel hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The former EMT by Juston's side, she was not afraid. He was injured and bleeding.
We call upon Attorney General Maura Healey and Governor Charlie Baker to appoint an independent investigation immediately to look into the killing of Juston Root by six law enforcement officers on Feb 7th, 2020 just outside Boston, Massachusetts. The Norfolk DA's report exonerated these officers only 30 days after killing Juston. The Report is wholly inadequate and far from transparent. Support us in getting Juston's case reopened by signing the Petition. Thank you